Verstappen slams Hamilton for "disrespectful" F1 win celebrations

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Motorsport.com 18 July, 2021 - 01:07pm 7 views

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The stewards have awarded two penalty points to Lewis Hamilton after being found at fault for the clash that took Max Verstappen out of the race. ... Hamilton survived the impact and was able to replace a damaged wheel rim under the red flag, while Verstappen was brought to hospital for precautionary checks. racingnews365.comStewards give Hamilton penalty points for Verstappen clash

The Red Bull driver was involved in a high-speed collision with Hamilton on the opening lap of the Silverstone race while fighting for the lead, with Verstappen suffering a 51G impact resulting in him being taken to hospital for precautionary checks.

Hamilton, who was able to continue in the race but was given a 10-second penalty for the incident by the FIA Stewards, went on to fight back and clinch his eighth British GP victory by passing Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc with two laps of the race remaining.

Verstappen has posted an update on his social media channels confirming he is OK after the crash before criticising Hamilton over both the crash and his post-race victory celebrations while he didn’t know the full extent of the Dutch driver’s condition.

“First of all: I am glad I’m OK. It was quite an impact at 51G but feeling better,” Verstappen said on social media.

“Obviously very disappointed with being taken out like this. The penalty given does not help us in any way and doesn’t do justice to the dangerous move Lewis made on track

"Watching the celebrations after the race while still in hospital is disrespectful and unsportsmanlike behaviour but we move on.”

Hamilton’s British GP victory cuts Verstappen’s F1 world championship lead to eight points, while Red Bull used a strategy call to pit Sergio Perez late on for fresh soft tyres to take the fastest lap and bonus point away from the Mercedes driver.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has echoed Verstappen’s comments after the race and said Hamilton’s post-race reaction was unacceptable.

“I can't see how Lewis can take any satisfaction out of it when you have put your fellow competitor and driver in hospital,” Horner said.

“It's disappointing. It's very annoying. His actions have put in jeopardy another drivers' safety and for me that's not acceptable.

“He was lucky not to have the same thing happen with Leclerc, as if Leclerc hadn't run wide and taken the line that he's entitled to it then exactly the same incident would have prevailed.”

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Hamilton also realises that with Red Bull Racing's good starts this season, overtaking on the first lap is complicated. "Tomorrow’s going to be tough but the support of the fans, you know, just the parade lap we just did there, the roar of the crowd is just magnificent. I will recharge tonight and just come back stronger tomorrow," he said.

"There’s definitely things that we’ve learned from today and I hope that we can improve for tomorrow and I’ll be giving it everything for everyone that turns up tomorrow and hope that we can have a closer race than we had today," Hamilton concluded.

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Hamilton also realises that with Red Bull Racing's good starts this season, overtaking on the first lap is complicated. "Tomorrow’s going to be tough but the support of the fans, you know, just the parade lap we just did there, the roar of the crowd is just magnificent. I will recharge tonight and just come back stronger tomorrow," he said.

"There’s definitely things that we’ve learned from today and I hope that we can improve for tomorrow and I’ll be giving it everything for everyone that turns up tomorrow and hope that we can have a closer race than we had today," Hamilton concluded.

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Furious Horner slams Hamilton’s ‘hollow victory’ after crash

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Red Bull team principal Christian Horner was left furious with Lewis Hamilton’s driving in the collision with Max Verstappen that left his driver in hospital after Hamilton went on to win the British Grand Prix.

Hamilton tried to pass Verstappen down the inside into Copse on the opening lap, with his left-front wheel hitting Verstappen’s right rear and sending the Red Bull into the barrier at high speed. The incident brought out the red flag for more than half an hour and the Dutchman has been taken to hospital for precautionary checks, and Horner says the subsequent 10-second time penalty assessed to Hamilton by the stewards was far too lenient for the collision.

“It shouldn’t be like that, to be honest with you,” Horner said. “Max has incurred a 51G accident. Lewis Hamilton is a seven-time world champion, he shouldn’t be making maneuvers like that. It’s unacceptable. Thank goodness the biggest result for us today is that he’s uninjured. He’s having to go to hospital for precautionary checks after a 51G accident. I hope Lewis is very happy with himself.

“He stuck a wheel up the inside in a corner that you just know you don’t do that. You just don’t stick a wheel up the inside at Copse, in that corner, in that circumstance. He was nowhere near ahead, it was contact, left-front to right-rear. The speed that they’re traveling is one of the fastest corners in the championship. Lewis has got more than enough experience to know that that’s unacceptable.

“As I say, I am just very disappointed that a driver of his caliber should make such a move like that. It’s dangerous. It looked desperate. Thank goodness uninjured but he’s put a competitor in hospital getting himself checked out.

“I don’t care what Lewis said. Have a look at your own analysis, draw your own comparisons. For me, that’s a hollow victory.”

The title rivals come together at Copse, pitching Verstappen into a high-speed crash.

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Horner says a similar incident could have happened between Hamilton and Charles Leclerc with three laps to go as the defending champion overtook Leclerc for the win at the same corner.

“I can’t see how Lewis can take any satisfaction from a win when he’s put his fellow driver in hospital. It’s disappointing, it’s extremely annoying. His actions have put in jeopardy another driver’s safety and for me that’s unacceptable. Lucky not to have the same crash with Leclerc — if Leclerc hadn’t run wide and taken the line he’s entitled to, then the same incident would have prevailed.”

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Charles Leclerc ‘50 per cent happy, 50 per cent frustrated’ after narrowly missing out on first Ferrari win since 2019 | Formula 1®

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Having started fourth, Leclerc found himself in the lead when the red flags flew early in the race, having jumped Valtteri Bottas at the start and then profited from the coming together between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at Copse Corner.

The Ferrari driver held onto the lead following the race restart, despite fighting both an engine issue and heavy pressure from Lewis Hamilton, but eventually succumbed with three laps to go after the Mercedes driver had roared back onto his tail.

Asked at what point the win was slipping away, Leclerc replied: “Not until Lewis passed me. Until then I believed I could win this race – and that’s the way it should be.

“If I was thinking of being second before that it would have gone even worse. I believed in it until the last moment. Obviously I could hear my engineer telling me Lewis’s pace on the hard tyres, and I was like ‘that’s quick’. I was pushing 200% but obviously it wasn’t good enough to keep that first position in the last laps.

“I knew Lewis was on the inside and I left a space and unfortunately I had stayed in front but in the very end of the corner I got a snap and lost a little bit of time and Lewis got ahead of me.

“[I’m feeling] 50% frustration, 50% happiness. Obviously going into this weekend there was absolutely no hope of fighting for a win here at Silverstone. So this shows how great a job we are doing as a team. It’s not an easy situation for the team, but the team is working extremely well.

"We have shown that today with this second place and we’ve got to keep on working because that’s what we want to do consistently – fight for the win.”

Despite his frustration at missing out on the win, Leclerc conceded that this would go down as one of his best races in F1 so far, especially after battling with issues early on: “Yeah, I mean I was really on it every lap. I don’t think there was one lap where I did a big mistake.

“Especially in the first stint, with the problems we had with the engine, I thought my race was over. I had quite a few things to do on the steering wheel, but I think we managed the situation very well and we managed to diminish the engine cuts for the rest of the race.”

The podium was the first for Leclerc since his podium at the same track last year, and Ferrari’s first since Carlos Sainz finished second in Monaco.

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